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the more fruit in the use of them), did give it also that second name.
" But now to come to our present purpose. When the king had forbidden to all his people navigation into any part that was not under his crown, he made nevertheless this ordinance ; that every twelve years there should be set forth, out of this kingdom two ships, appointed to several voy- ages; That in either of these ships there should be a mission of three of the Fellows or Brethren of Salomon's House; whose errand was only to give us knowledge of the affairs and state of those countries to which they were designed, and especially of the sciences, arts, manufactures, and in- ventions of all the world ; and withal to bring unto us books, instruments, and patterns in every kind : That the ships, after they had landed the brethren, should return; and that the brethren should stay abroad till the new mission. These ships are not otherwise fraught, than with store of victuals, and good quantity of treasure to remain with the brethren, for the buying of such things and rewarding of such per- sons as they should think fit. Now for me to tell you how the vulgar sort of mariners are contained*" from being dis- covered at land ; and how they that must be put on shore for any time, color themselves under the names of other nations ; and to what places these voyages have been de- signed; and what places of rendezvous are appointed for the new missions ; and the like circumstances of the practique ; I may not do it : neither is it much to your desire. But thus you see we maintain a trade not for gold, silver, or jewels; nor for silks ; nor for spices ; nor any other commodity of mat- ter ; but only for God's first creature, which was Light : to have light (I say) of the growth of" all parts of the world."
And when he had said this, he was silent ; and so were we all. For indeed we were all astonished to hear so strange things so probably told. And he, perceiving that we were willing to say somewhat but had it not ready in great courtesy took us off, and descended to ask us questions of our voyage and fortunes and in the end concluded, that we might do well to think with ourselves what time of stay we would demand of the state ; and bade us not to scant our-
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